POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 6:08pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Three people were robbed on the LSU campus yesterday morning and police believe the cases could be connected.
The LSU Police Department reports that the first robbery occurred at roughly 8:15 a.m. on Monday, July 22. Officials say a female victim was approached by a male subject near Broussard Hall who asked to use her cell phone. The suspect used her phone for a short period and then ran off with the phone.
At about 9:30 a.m., near West Campus Apartments, a second female victim was approached by a male subject who attempted to take her laptop from her possession. The victim screamed at the suspect and the suspect ran off empty handed.
Around 9:45 a.m. a male victim was approached near 459 Commons and Blake Hall area. The male suspect asked to borrow the victim’s phone at which time the suspect ran off with the phone. The suspect was seen getting into an older model, possibly maroon pick-up truck being driven by a second male.
In one case the victim noticed that the man jumped into a maroon colored truck, so it’s possible that at least one additional person is involved with at least one of those robbery attempts.
“Based on the time of day and the locations of the robberies, we believe the cases are connected,” Cpt. Corey Lalonde, LSU Police Department, explained. “We haven’t put out much of a physical description at this time, because we do not want people to focus on a particular description. Rather, we want them to be wary of their surroundings in general.”
Cpt. Lalonde did note that the cases do not appear to be connected to five armed robberies that occurred on Friday, July 19.  Those robberies happened during the early morning at various locations just outside of LSU’s campus.
“Typically crimes of theft go down during the summer months on campus, because we have a smaller population on campus,” Cpt. Lalonde noted. “Crimes on campus are just like anywhere else; you can have time periods where you have spikes. Typically we see small spikes that happen over a short period of time and it varies throughout the year.”
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